Internal emails on specific dates: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

1. All emails sent by Liz Lloyd, Chief of Staff to the First Minister, on 28 and 29 January 2021.

2. All emails sent by any diary secretary or assistant who works for Liz Lloyd, on 28 and 29 January 2021.

3. All emails sent by Leslie Evans, Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government, to Liz Lloyd on 28 and 29 January 2021.

4. All emails sent by Scottish Government special advisers and civil servants on 28 and 29 January 2021 on the subject of any of the following:

a. Liz Lloyd’s tweet on 28 January 2021 about the Prime Minister’s visit to Scotland, or
b. The subsequent letter sent to the Scottish Government by Miles Briggs about the tweet, or
c. The code of conduct for special advisers, or
d. Press enquiries related to any of the above.


With regard to the first three parts of your request while our aim is to provide information wherever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested. 

The reasons why we don’t have the information are set out in the Annex to this letter. 

With regard to the fourth part of your request I enclose a copy of some of the information you requested. While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because exemptions under sections s.30(b)(ii) (free and frank exchange of views) and s.38(1)(b) (personal information) of FOISA applies to that information. The reasons why those exemptions apply are explained in the Annex to this letter.

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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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